Assist feeding is key to helping any sick kitty. Cats that don't feel well don't eat. The less a cat eats the less they want to eat. It is a vicious cycle.
I prefer assist feeding vs force feeding. It is a state of mind. You are assisting your beloved kitty to eat to give you both time to treat the current illness. If you are syringe feeding, many of the meds can be mixed into the food you syringe. Here is the link to the Yahoo Assist Feeding group. http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/Feline-Assisted-Feeding/ One of the files you receive when joining is on how to safely syringe feed. Read that one if you don't read anything else. Any pate style canned food can be syringe feed by blending it with a little liquid until it is the consistency of a thick milk shake. Gently warming the food make it easier to syringe feed. Dehydration can be caused by the illness, a fever, diarrhea, etc. It is critical to maintain adequate hydration in a kitty and is easy to do with Sub Q fluids. I've done it by myself for my CRF and FeLV kitties. This link was my bible for giving sub q fluids. Sophia Gets Her Subcutaneous (Sub Q) Fluids http://www.tinyurl.com/63max You will need an Rx from your vet for the fluids and IV sets. Some states require a Rx for the needles. I order the fluids by the case though my local pharmacy and buy the IV sets and needles on line. I might not be able to cure the FeLV but I can make sure my kitties receive adequate nutrition and fluids. Sharyl --- On Mon, 9/7/09, jbero tds.net <jb...@tds.net> wrote: > From: jbero tds.net <jb...@tds.net> > Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] (no subject) > To: email@example.com > Date: Monday, September 7, 2009, 1:14 PM > Sally, > > Hi, this is Jenny. I tried calling but you weren't > home. Maybe you will > get this first. > > There's a couple of issues here. Number one depending > on how anemic he is, > I would likely do a blood transfusion simply to buy him > enough time for the > injection to work. Please know that I am still > waiting to see if the > injection will truely work for Autumn. I am > optimistic but don't know for > sure. > > As for the more immediate issues. The fever may be > due to an infection, > possible upper respiratory, urinary tract or the dreaded > hemobartonella. > These would require antibiotic treatment. The fever > may, however, be due to > a dehydrated state. If he is not eating and drinking > you will have to force > feed and/or give subcutaneous fluid. If nothing else > you can take pedialyte > in a syringe (no needles) and give it to him. This at > least provides > glucose and electrolytes temporarily. A/D food is the > best for force > feeding. I would steer away from baby food as many of > them can worsen the > anemia. I have tried mixing pedialyte with a soft > canned food (helps get > the food into and out of the syringe and provides more > fluid). Here's the > challenge - you want to get in at least around 90-100 mL a > day and you don't > want them to throw up. This is tough, but it should > get through until > tomorrow. > > I think it is important to say that I generally have not > done the force > feeding and blood transfusions before because this is a > fatal virus that > always ends the same. Now, however, with the > possibility of this Imulan > shot working, there may be hope. It may be a long > shot, but I'm willing to > try. > > It is a lot of intensive care that requires subcutaneous > fluids, sometimes > forced feedings, possibly antibiotics and a lot of > patience, love and > prayer. Let me know if I can help further. > > Jenny > On 9/6/09, S. Jewell <ssjew...@bellsouth.net> > wrote: > > _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org